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Church land belonged to Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese, not a public property:  Cardinal Mar George Alencherry

The petitioner alleged the Church authorities allegedly involved in the matter colluded with each other with an intention of duping the dioceses.

Published: 20th February 2018 02:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th February 2018 02:15 AM   |  A+A-

Cardinal George Alencherry of the Syro-Malabar Church (File | Melton Antony

By Express News Service

KOCHI: Cardinal Mar George Alencherry, Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church on Monday submitted before the Kerala High Court the land which allegedly disposed of at a throwaway price belonged to the Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese and was not public property.

Counsel for Alencherry made the submission when a petition filed by Shine Varghese, Cherthala seeking an investigation into the complaint filed by him after registering an FIR in accordance with the law. The petitioner alleged the Church authorities allegedly involved in the matter colluded with each other with an intention of duping the dioceses.

The petitioner submitted though the SHO, Central police station, Ernakulam received the complaint in person, no receipt was issued stating he had instruction from his higher officials to not issue receipt against any complaints which are filed against Alancherry and others. The petitioner submitted the police stand against registering a case is illegal.The court also sought the view of the state government in the case.

Meanwhile, the court adjourned until Thursday the hearing on the petition filed by Joshy Varghese of Perumbavoor. The petitioner had filed a complaint before the Judicial First Class Magistrate, Ernakulam for registering a case against the Archbishop, Fr Joshy Puthuva and Fr Sebastian Vadakkumpadan.
However, the magistrate was not inclined to order an investigation under Section 156(3) of the Criminal Procedure Code. Hence, he sought a directive to the Judicial First Class Magistrate -VIII, Ernakulam to forward the complaint to the police for registering a crime and investigation into the land deal.



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